- CDC: Stress in Today’s Workplace
Job stress increasingly poses a threat to worker health, raising the risk of illness and injury. This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health publication examines workplace stress and what can be done about it.
- Pinnacol Assurance CEO Ken Ross resigns
Ken Ross has resigned as CEO of Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s workers compensation insurer of last resort, the company said Monday.
- OFF BEAT: Man blows workers comp scam by showing off at the gym
A 90-pound weakling might have gotten away with workers compensation fraud requiring him to fake that he couldn’t lift even 10 pounds, but an Ohio man caught repeatedly bench-pressing 500 pounds couldn’t pull off the scam.
- $25M mesothelioma judgment against Exxon Mobil overturned
Exxon Mobil Corp. escaped paying a nearly $25 million judgment to a ship worker who contracted mesothelioma because crucial evidence was excluded from trial, according to the Virginia Supreme Court.
- OFF BEAT: Gardener digs himself into a hole over workers comp claims
A California gardener found himself in deep dirt last week after being charged with workers compensation fraud for allegedly lying about his recovery from a work injury.
- COMMENTARY: Gamification aims to make workplace safety engaging
Gamification is gaining increasing attention as an employee management tool.
- Large employers show interest in ERISA-governed worker benefit plans
Some large employers want to establish injured worker benefit plans that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act as an alternative to state workers compensation systems.
- Demand for dedicated workers comp claims adjusters is growing
Companies with large workforces or specialized return-to-work programs are asking their third-party administrators to provide dedicated claims adjusters who work exclusively on the company’s workers compensation accounts.
- ERISA compliance may not ensure appropriate care for injured workers
Employee Retirement In-come Security Act compliance would ensure appropriate care for injured workers if employers could opt out of more state workers compensation systems and establish alternative benefit plans, proponents say.